Hoskins calls in the cavalry

Four of the Springboks’ recent coaches have been invited to a Saru meeting on Thursday in an attempt to curb SA’s losing streak.

Saru president Regan Hoskins is adamant that Jake White shall remain the Bok coach, and has called on these experts to assist with the current crisis facing South African rugby.

The four coaches are Andre Markgraaff (1996), Carel du Plessis (1997), Nick Mallett (1997 to 2000) and Rudolf Straeuli (2002 to 2003). They will join White and a number of experts and Saru members on Thursday to discuss many different issues.

“I cannot confirm that everyone we invited will attend the meeting, but we hope they will,” Hoskins told Morris Gilbert of Superrugby.

“I want to make it clear from the outset that this initiative from Saru is by no means a motion of no confidence in Jake, but rather a real effort to assist him and to get the Springboks back on the winning track.

“Jake is looking forward to the meeting. He would like to hear how the panel of experts view the present situation in Springbok rugby and which constructive proposals they can make,” Hoskins said.

“The meeting is in the interest of Jake and his Springboks. Fortunately, he is not someone to withdraw into a laager with the Springboks. He has always been receptive to input from outside.”

None of South Africa’s domestic coaches have been called up to the meeting.

“Should we, for example, invite only Rassie Erasmus (Cheetahs) the other Super 14 coaches could be justifiably dissatisfied for being overlooked,” Hoskins said.

Former SAU21 coach Eric Sauls and Xola Yeye, who is expected to fill the vacant Springbok Manager position, have both been invited to represent previously-disadvantaged communities.